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What are you going to achieve in the first quarter of 2018?

19 January 2018

Were you successful at achieving your news year resolution or goals last year? You might have found that by the end of last year you were running to the finish line to achieve them or started too late and didn’t quite achieve them all. Perhaps you were focussed at the start of the year and just lost your sense of direction as the days and weeks began to pile up. Maybe as time passed you came to realise that some of your goals needed fine tuning or complete reworking.

The good news is that regardless of what’s happened, if you’ve not achieved everything that you set out to over the previous 12 months, the new year has provided a great opportunity to review and give you the ability to achieve them all this year and make 2018 your best year ever, on both a personal and professional level!

The following steps will help you make progress on your goals and stay on track to make 2018 your best year yet!

Review your situation and goals and set your intentions

Before you decide what goals, you are going to focus your efforts on for the first quarter of the year, it’s important to take some time to look over the goals that you have made. A good way to get started is to ask yourself the following questions:

  • How much progress is realistically achievable?
  • What are the obstacles that are preventing you from completing your goals?
  • What do you need to do to achieve the goals for the first quarter of the year?

If you truly want to make progress and get things done, it’s important that you are really honest with yourself during this review process. It’s also helpful to write down your thoughts during the review process and create an actual list of what you want to achieve in the quarter of the year.

When creating your list, focus on creating new goals or renewing existing goals in the areas of your personal and professional life that you want to improve and that are in line with your personal values.

Map out the steps you need to make progress and achieve your goals

Think carefully about each goal that you have written down and committed to for the rest of the year. As you go through your list, making notes in the following areas will help you to see more clearly what actions you need to take to accomplish your goals.

Make notes about the resources that you have available to help you complete each goal, as well as the obstacles that are be holding you back.

If there are certain resources that you will need to complete your goals, think about how you can obtain these resources, and include these plans in your list.

Think about what is holding your back from completing your goal and what steps you could take to remove or work around these obstacles and include this on your list as well.

Carefully consider what steps you will need to achieve each of these goals, and then write out each step that you will take to achieve your goal.

Take action

Now that you know what you want to accomplish, and have a plan to get there, what are you waiting for?

Take action now!

Focus each day on implementing each step of your plan.

When difficulties arise, remain calm and continue to follow the steps in your plan. Before you know it, the end of the year will be here – so be bold and don’t be afraid to take the steps that you must to make this your best year!

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